Most of the time I will have a pocket knife and flashlight in my pocket, even around the house, to the point where my friends and family act like they do, too, just knowing that mine are handy. And when I leave the house more than just to get gas or grab some groceries, I will also be carrying an EDC pouch with me, just because Murphy’s Law seems to favor me.
I have a little EDC pouch for short trips away from home, and a larger pouch for around the house, and it goes with me on extended trips. My sister’s property is so remote and hard to get to that the last person who she sent there for something got stuck and stranded there, and the person who came to get them got stuck.
There’s plenty beyond my control, but what I’ve noticed over the years is that the amount of things beyond my ability to deal with goes way down with basic planning. Tool pouch, jumper cables, rope, survival kit, portable chargers–an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure as the old saying goes. As someone that spend many pounds of cure in his youth, prevention is cheaper over the long haul.
All my EDC gadgets uses Eneloop batteries where possible. Lately I’ve been buying the Eneloop Pros. They have less charge cycles but better capacity.
Every Day Carry – Pocket
The Thrunite Ti4 is new to my lineup, but the Spyderco Native and the Canon camera have been my traveling companions for quite some time. And I LOVE the Fisher Space Pen my sister gave me a year or so ago. If there’s ever an issue about having a pocket knife in my pocket, like being at the doctor or airport or something, then I’m OK going without because one of my pouches is always close by.
Every Day Carry – Small Pouch
This pouch is on me for any trip longer than an hour. I really like these tool pouches for really small items like I carry. The bigger pouch works better for larger tools that have clips and such. This small pouch is perfect for how I use it. It can fit easily in a jacket pocket, but most of the time I just throw it into the center console of the truck where it’s not in plain view.
The items in this pouch are carefully selected and have been fine tuned over time.
- Leatherman Squirt PS4
- Spyderco Manbug
- Luminox Tool AAA Flashlight
- Victorinox Executive
- GoingGear Carabiner
- Piece of Paracord
- Plantronics Bluetooth Headset
- Smith & Wesson Self Defense Pen
- Nite-Ize S-biner
- Corsair Flash Drive
- USB Charger & Cable
Every Day Carry – Large Pouch
I have what I call my “computer tool box” that can probably fix just about anything, and I also have a full roll away standing tool box full of mechanics tools, but I don’t want those in my living space. So, most of the time the contents of the large pouch are all I need around the house. If they aren’t, then I can go to the garage and grab whatever tools I need.
For longer road trips, or trips into remote or dicey areas, I will throw this pouch into the truck in addition to the small pouch. This Maxpedition pouch has served me well. For example, when you call me and say “Hey Mark, my car broke down” then I will throw this one in the truck, even if I still throw in a real tool box.
- Magnifying Glass
- Pen style box cutter
- Nite-Ize S-Biner
- Small Scissors
- Pointed Stainless Steel Tweezers
- Blunted Stainless Steel Tweeezers
- Thrunite T10S 1xAA Flashlight w/Diffuser
- Fenix LD01 1xAAA Flashlight
- Craftsman Flathead w/Clip
- Craftsman Small Flathead and #0 Philips
- LaCross Fingernail Clippers
- Smith & Wesson Blue Self Defense Pen
- Sharpie Fine Point Marker
- Spyderco Delica 4 Pocket Knife
- Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool
- Butane Pencil Torch
- Telescoping Back Scratcher
- Small Notepad